Even now and then I like to tell everyone about “Keibetsu Shiteita Aijou”, an AKB48 song/PV that is just as resonant today as it was when it came out years ago.
The song and video are about a girl who kills herself because of bullying.
The video has an English translation except for a few key elements. For instance, the beautiful message at the end:
No matter hard your situation is, it will be forgotten as time passes away. Don’t carry the burden all by yourself and tell someone about it. You may need the courage to do it, but I know you’re not weak as you see yourself.
So yeah. Most AKB48 fans tend to throw this one out immediately as ammunition when people accuse AKB48 of being nothing more than “Heavy Rotation” style sekushii cute girls, and with very good reason.